|The project involved the development and testing of a training methodology aimed at applicants for international protection and operators in the migration sector, concerning the opportunities offered by microfinance in Italy and aimed at providing basic elements of financial education and business management.|
First phase is selection, which concerns both mentors (professional already employed for at l
The project involved the development and testing of a training methodology aimed at applicants for international protection and operators in the migration sector, concerning the opportunities offered by microfinance in Italy and aimed at providing basic elements of financial education and business management.
The orientation methodology used during the meetings was developed starting from an in-depth research desk on the methodologies and contents commonly used in other international experiences in the field of education and financial inclusion.
This phase was followed by the creation of a visual presentation in PowerPoint, a key tool for the orientation of the subjects involved in the topics dealt with. The entire presentation was built around images and animations, and therefore little focus was placed on the written text, limited to the presentation of selected keywords, carefully explained and detailed in Italian and in the main international languages during the exhibition. The use of easy-to-understand language was found to be the winning strategy throughout the entire activity, especially in consideration of an audience made up of people who are different in culture, knowledge, understanding, experience, understanding of the Italian language.
During the meetings specific topics were discussed such as financial exclusion and its causes, the opportunities and limits of microfinance as a tool for financial inclusion, the balance of skills in starting a business, the business plan, the management of business, family budget and credit risks and savings opportunities.
The duration of the orientation meetings considered optimal, also in light of the feedback collected on the orientation activity by the target group and operators, was approximately one and a half hours. The orientation and information activity on microcredit obtained extremely positive results. In fact, 30 orientation meetings were held involving 365 international protection holders and operators, of whom 20% were women seeking international protection.
Another important activity has been the development of some service models (financial and non-financial) applicable to the different types of beneficiaries.